Three and a half years ago myself and two good mates had an idea.
We thought we might run a couple of camps open to the public each year in our spare time. We thought it would be a great way for some young fellas to experience what it is like to spend some time on a farm, learn to fish and just spend some time away from their creature comforts. We thought “Let’s have a crack!”
Three and a half years ago seems like a lifetime ago now.
Since then we have allowed Boys to the Bush to grow organically and have adjusted things accordingly. We have learnt so much about running an organisation as well as exactly what we are aiming to achieve.
We now know that what we do works. We know that we must remain committed to supporting the young fellas we are lucky enough to build a rapport with. We know that what we do goes far beyond just having kids on camps. We know that we are genuinely changing and saving the lives of so many lads that are doing it tough.
It is through no fault of their own that the majority of these kids find themselves in such precarious situations. It is through no fault of their own that they were not brought up to value; education, employment, respect for woman etc.
We are so proud that we now a model that works. It is one that is replicable. It is one that once established can then stand on its own two feet. It is one that will remain in that community for the long term- assisting those from that community that are in desperate need of support. This model will ensure more disadvantaged youth have the opportunity to become not only better men but contributing members to that community.
So when I hear people in my community complaining about these very kids, I often ask myself “what are they doing to help?” Because if all we do as a community is complain about the problem then all we are effectively doing is contributing to this very problem.
I’m sure people will read this and say “well I can’t do anything to help them…” If this is the case then I want to assure you that you most certainly can.
You can donate your time/skills- if you have the capacity to teach a new skill, you can help. Get in touch with us…
You can donate some money- every dollar donated to BttB goes to programs that assist these youth. These donations can also be claimed as a tax deduction. Let us know if you would like to view our sponsorship prospectus or jump online to nominate an amount…
You can donate goods- you can support us by donating goods that could be used as part of programs or given to the boys themselves. Get in touch with us….